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The Crinan Hotel is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for something different. It has been described as “a magnificently eccentric hotel in Argyll on Scotland’s beautiful west coast,” and we think that sums it up pretty well! We offer a range of accommodation from budget rooms to luxury suites with stunning views over Loch Crinan.

If you want to experience something unique, come and stay at the Crinan Hotel. You won’t regret it! Whether you’re travelling alone or with your family, we have plenty of options available for everyone. And don’t worry about getting bored – there are plenty of things to do nearby including fishing, walking trails and golf courses!

Crinan Hotel at Sunset

Crinan Hotel History

There has been an inn on this site for over 300 years and the Crinan Hotel has been owned by the Ryan family for over 40 years.  Our guests are treated to many original and authentic touches and a charming artistic flair.  Visitors enjoy genuine warmth and colourful hospitality in a hotel which respects its history and place in a stunning and wild environment. 

Crinan Hotel Accommodation

All of the hotel bedrooms have breathtaking views of the sea, some have private balconies and each room is dedicated to a famous Scottish artist.  All rooms have fresh flowers and a selection of Arran Aromatics toiletries in the bathroom.

Crinan Hotel Bedroom

Crinan Hotel Location

Located at the north end of the Crinan Canal, Crinan has been a fishing port for over 200 years. It is unique and unspoilt.  You can find out more about the Crinan Canal if you follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osd8GSVDFB0.  Jumbo prawns (langoustines) are landed 20 metres from the hotel kitchen at 17.00 hours in time for dinner. The Westward Restaurant (Michelin Recommended in 2018) serves fine and exciting fare. The Crinan Seafood Bar is deliciously more informal. Scottish beef, hill lamb, lobsters and Colonsay oysters and locally sourced organic produce are served in both.  Lock 16 our famous Seafood restaurant which has won many accolades including best Seafood Restaurant in the UK, is open during the summer on Friday and Saturday evenings for dinner and for private parties at anytime.  Another popular option is to have fish and chips in our informal bar, The Pub, which is next door to the Seafood Bar.  Vegetarian options are also available.

The seafood is caught by small local boats and if you would like to get to sea yourself boat trips to the Isle Jura and the Gulf of Corryvreckan offer the chance to spot sea eagles, seals, minke whales and much more.  Classic yacht charters can also be arranged.

Things to do at Crinan Hotel

There is a wide variety of things to do at Crinan and in the surrounding area.  You can enjoy stunning walks, cycling and mountain biking, kayaking and horseriding and this is the heart of Dalriada, Historic Scotland!  There is an astonishing number of prehistoric standing stones and carved rocks just up the road at Kilmartin Glen. Golfers can head for Machrihanish Championship Links Course, an easy drive from Crinan. The Hotel also has a Secret Garden featured in Scotland’s Garden Scheme.  

The hotel is ideally located for cyclists on “The Caledonia Way” – National Route 78 of the National Cycle Network passes less than 2 miles from the Crinan Hotel and the detour to get to us is easy cycling along the level, car-free canal towpath.

Crinan has become a magnet for many of Scotland’s top artists who stay, paint and exhibit regularly. Frances Macdonald, who exhibits at the Portland Gallery in London and the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, is the resident artist and proprietor of the Hotel. Her son Ross Ryan who shows internationally, is also represented.  Painting Holidays are now available at the Crinan Hotel and Art Master Classes and professional guidance can be arranged.

Golf near Crinan Hotel

Golfers visit the Crinan Hotel for some of the most spectacular and authentic golf courses in the world.

Located on the shores of the Mull of Kintyre and within “driving” distance of the Crinan Hotel you will discover Machrihanish, Dunaverty, Carradale, Tarbert and, after a short ferry trip, Machrie on Islay.

Machrihanish and Dunaverty, at the tip of the Mull of Kintyre, skirt the very beaches made famous by Paul McCartney and the Campbeltown Pipe Band. Less than two hours from Crinan on your dirve to Glasgow is the internationally famous Loch Lomond Golf Club on the “Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond”.

History and Heritage

At the north end of the Crinan Canal, connecting Loch Fyne to the Atlantic Ocean, is the tiny picturesque fishing village of Crinan with its population of just under 80 inhabitants.

For over 200 years the Crinan Hotel has been the centre of this little community. Adjacent to the Crinan Canal, this was a hub of activity for fishermen returning home with their catch. (Our prawns and lobsters get landed just a few yards from the hotel and are the freshest you’re every likely to eat.) In it’s early days the canal was a busy traffic route for vessels looking to avoid the long voyage round the Argyll coast.

Much of Scotland’s history and heritage can be traced back to Argyll and the area surrounding Crinan. Castles, monasteries, grand mansions, battle sites and prehistoric ruins are all here.

Whether you are looking for a short break, an active family holiday or a romantic weekend, this part of Argyll has much to offer and plenty to discover. And, with a wealth of outdoor pursuits and nature-based activities including sailing, cycling and walking, we are certain it will become a firm favourite.

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